Monthly Archives: August 2010

Mike’s CNC 2010-08-27 18:36:00

August 27, 2010
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Support the OpenGov idea to create a "Platform for number crunchers across (US Federal) government" HERE. A small team is building a small pilot and I'm happy to report that R appears on many of the posts. If you like the idea (or even if you don't),...

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Fractals in R

August 27, 2010
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Fractals in R

Atte Tenkanen had a blog on fractals using R for a time. Much of his source code is still available online.  To produce his version of the Mandelbrot set:source('http://users.utu.fi/attenka/mandelbrot_set.R')Fractals (such...

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Because it’s Friday: How Machines Work

August 27, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: How Machines Work

Ever wondered how a sewing machine seemingly manages to knot stitches without ever releasing the thread? Well, wonder no more: Find this and other animations of marvels of engineering, including the universal velocity joint and the rotary engine, at the link below. World Of Technology: Complicated Mechanisms Explained in simple animations (via) http://mytechnologyworld9.blogspot.com/2010/08/complicated-mechanisms-explained-in.html

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Poll: Half of SAS users considering a switch

August 27, 2010
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A recent poll of KD Nuggets readers suggests that of those using SAS today, almost half (49.6%) are considering switching to a different system for statistical analysis. The poll was prompted by the recent high court decision in the UK, that affirmed that "WPS is lawful clone of SAS system" (as stated in a WPS press release). The exact...

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Matlab-style multiple assignment in R

August 26, 2010
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Matlab-style multiple assignment in R

R again! You know how in Matlab you can do? S, I = sort(M) I like that. R generic functions makes this possible. First, let’s genericize assignment. I feel like regular “=” and “<-” oughta stay nongeneric, so let’s make … Continue reading →

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ProjectTemplate

August 26, 2010
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Introduction As many people already know, I’ve recently uploaded a new R package called ProjectTemplate to GitHub and CRAN. The ProjectTemplate package provides a function, create.project(), that automatically builds a directory for a new R project with a clean sub-directory structure and automatic data and library loading tools. My hope is that standardized data loading,

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Oh (de)bugger!

August 26, 2010
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Oh (de)bugger!

By number of questions asked, R passed MATLAB for the first time on Stack Overflow today. Thus it seems an appropriate time to write my first R-based post. This post concerns what to  do when your R-code goes pear shaped. Back in June there were a couple of very good videos on R debugging that

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New R User Groups in Seoul, Denver

August 26, 2010
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We have two new local R user groups to report this week. In Seoul, South Korea R user Chel Hee Lee is the organizer of the GNU R User's Group and Open Statistics Project in Korea. My translate-fu isn't quite up to figuring out when the next meeting is, but you can contact the group organizers here or here....

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Producing grids of plots in R with ggplot2: A journey of discovery

August 26, 2010
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Producing grids of plots in R with ggplot2: A journey of discovery

I’ve just gone through a bit of a ‘journey of discovery’ in R while trying to plot a grid of plots for one of the research projects I’m doing. I wanted to write a simple function which could produce this grid of plots from a CSV file, allowing me to easily view the trends of

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In Search of Power-laws: WikiLeaks Edition

August 26, 2010
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In Search of Power-laws: WikiLeaks Edition

Yesterday, a commenter reminded me of the very popular hobby among scientists of searching for power-law distributions in large event data. While the commonality of scale invariance in event data is quite well known—particularly with respect to conflict data—this has not prevented many researchers from seeking and finding these patterns in data. As the commenter notes,

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